2000-03-01 / Restaurant of the Week

Restaurant Of The Week

By Teresa Barile

Joey’s Place For Good Food And Friendly Service


n a recent visit to Joey’s Place on Astoria Boulevard and 84th Street in Jackson Heights, the spacious dining room was filled with several large parties of people enjoying great food and good times. The restaurant has a clean, pub-like atmosphere with wooden booths and tables covered in crisp linens. Overhead ceiling fans and hanging plants lend a fresh note to the spacious dining room. It’s no wonder that Joey’s has been a popular neighborhood restaurant for the past 12 years. Joey’s Place also has an adjoining bar, where a convivial crowd gathers each night for cocktails and small talk, with a d.j. spinning popular music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Owner Joey Spadola proudly serves generous portions of homestyle Italian food, steaks, chops and seafood, expertly prepared by his talented chef. Only the freshest ingredients, herbs and spices are used to create tantalizing daily specials that will invigorate the tastebuds.

Joey’s has wonderful cold and hot appetizers, including tender shrimp cocktail or exceptionally good baked clams, left whole and topped with crispy seasoned bread crumbs, drizzled with a buttery lemon sauce. Fresh oysters were on the menu that day, as well as a whole, stuffed artichoke filled with garlic and breadcrumbs. We opted for a generously sized Caesar salad, with crispy croutons and a zesty dressing.

Turn to the back page of the menu for a list of house specialties that will make a decision nearly impossible. Shrimp ravioli with a spicy lobster sauce will tickle your tongue while a tender lobster tail, prepared francese style, will melt in your mouth. Steak Diane is a butterflied sirloin steak sautéed with diced onions, fresh mushrooms, cognac and cream ($15.95). Other entrees include poultry dishes, my favorite being the chicken sorrentina. Fork-tender chicken cutlet is layered with cured ham, breaded eggplant and mozzarella in a wonderful wine sauce ($12.95). Tender veal piccata is sautéed with white wine, lemon and mushrooms ($13.95). Veal and peppers has always been a family favorite and Joey’s Place does a nice rendition. Don’t forget to order a bottle of wine to complement these delicious flavors.

From the broiler come sizzling tender filet mignon, thick cut pork chops and lobster tails Seafood lovers will revel in shrimp scampi over rice or their special broiled seafood platter brimming with clams, shrimp, lobster tail, filet of sole and scallops in an herb, lemon and butter sauce.

Of course, Joey’s Place has great pasta dishes, from the traditional ones such as stuffed shells and linguine carbonara to rigatoni with tomato, prosciutto and onions. A daily special featured rigatoni with fresh broccoli rabe, sausage and sun-dried tomato in a light wine sauce. This delicious oversized dish was also my lunch the next day. After dinner, enjoy a cup or a pot of espresso for your table, along with a delicious pastry or slice of cake.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Joey’s Place offers an express lunch served in under 30 minutes for to meet any back to work schedule. What’s more, the service is always efficient and friendly. Plan a private party at Joey’s Place, with accommodations for up to 200 people. Orders can also be prepared to take out.

Joey’s Place is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the adjoining bar is open till the wee hours. Visit Joey’s Place soon for good food served in a friendly atmosphere. All credit cards accepted.

Joey’s Place

84-14 Astoria Blvd.

Jackson Heights

(718) 478-4037

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